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Invasive species are recognized as one of the driving factors behind biodiversity loss worldwide. They have significant negative impacts upon many other sectors including: economic development, health, agriculture, tourism and trade. Islands are very vulnerable to biological invasions. Island ecosystems, while highly diverse, are particularly fragile and vulnerable due to their small size, relative isolation, disproportionate susceptibility to the overharvesting of resources, and to natural disasters. Island biodiversity is also under serious threat from another major driver of biodiversity loss – climate change- which will interact with biological invasions and other processes in complex ways. Anticipated impacts from climate change including sea level rise and rainfall pattern-changes, which threaten to damage ecosystem health and may accelerate species loss. By fostering ecosystem health, invasive species management represents an effective form of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) to climate change.